A contingent of police was deployed to guard President Uhuru Kenyatta's Nairobi Expressway project along Mombasa Road, Nairobi as contractors set out to commence its construction.
The project valued at Ksh 62 billion is one of the main projects under Kenyatta's Big 4 Agenda which will determine his legacy. The road will start at Mlolongo and will pass outside Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) through Nairobi Central Business District to join Waiyaki Way in Westlands.
Kenyatta is set to tour and inspect the project between Friday, August 14 and Sunday, August 16.
Over 70 police officers, 20 from traffic and 50 from Administration Police will help safeguard the project and also direct traffic along Mombasa Road.Nairobi Expressway render image.File
On Thursday, August 6, Deputy Inspector General of Police APS Gabow Noor visited various sites to inspect foundation works being set up by contractors.
"We are here to help the team do their job well. Motorists too must cooperate as this is a grand project that may create traffic disruptions but only for a short time,” Gabow stated.
Contractors at the sites were listed as essential service providers and will work day and night within curfew hours to fast track construction of the expressway.
Over 25,000 motorists using the road per day will part with a Ksh 300 toll fee on each day.
The road will be elevated from NextGen Mall and will have 10 interchanges at the SGR interchange, the JKIA interchange, Eastern bypass, Capital Center, Haile Selassie, Thika road interchange, Westland's interchange and James Gichuru.
Payments will be done at exit points of the major roads where both manual and electronic toll stations will be erected.
The road has seen the government face harsh criticism from environmental conservationists who filed an appeal to block its construction. The activists raised alarm on destruction of green environment and cutting of trees.Deputy Inspector General of Police APS Gabow Noor inspects Nairobi Expressway sites alongside Mombasa Road on Thursday, August 6, 2020File
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